International University in Geneva

Leads to managerial positions in international organizations, diplomatic services and private sector.

The Master of International Relations and Diplomacy (MIR) responds to the growing demand to train young professionals in Geneva for decision-making careers in international organizations, diplomatic services and private sector. Situated in the same city as the United Nations headquarters in Europe, the program takes full advantage of Geneva’s unique situation as a world capital of multilateral diplomacy. The MIR provides substantial resources for its international faculty and student body to network with international institutions (UNHCR, UNECE, UNCTAD, WTO, WHO, ILO, ITU, WIPO, WEF, ICRC) and diplomatic missions.

  • Duration
    1 Year
  • Starting
    September November March May
  • Courses
    14 Courses

Key Benefits

  • Learning in a dynamic environment in Switzerland with a multicultural student body and faculty working in academia and international institutions;
  • Providing knowledge and skills to analyze international issues, prepare policy reports and participate in international decision making via international conferences and meetings;
  • Exploring the United Nations system, international regimes, regional agreements and     technical cooperation between states;
  • Gaining insight into multilateral diplomacy being in the heart of “International Geneva”.
Graduation Ceremony 2015

Program Details

In addition to core international relations courses, with a focus on the United Nations system and the European Union, foreign policy and geoeconomics, global economy and economic diplomacy, the Master of International Relations and Diplomacy curriculum trains young professionals for decision making positions with courses in international trade organizations and statistics, executive communication and negotiations, multimedia and internet.


The Master of International Relations and Diplomacy is comprised of 14 courses taken over one year.

Course Descriptions

Trimester 1 Credits
  • ECO 607 – Global Economics This course examines the major principles of economics, economic policymaking and the role of the firm in the economy. It discusses the role of the financial system, (un)employement and international economic flows between the domestic economy and its international environment and provides the theoretical basis for understanding the economic importance of firms, international trade and international capital flows.
  • POL 610 – Geoeconomics This course explores the impact of geoeconomics strategies of state and non-state actors in international relations. It examines European, US and East-Asian competitive intelligence, trade and economic interests at stake. The course addresses the issue of information operations and disinformation strategies, enforcement or destabilization of the nation state and state support to strategic industrial sectors through economic diplomacy. The relations between the state, corporate sector and civil society are examined in the form of case studies.
  • POL 625 – Regional Cooperation and Diplomacy The course will examine the political and economic concepts of regionalism, particularly from the perspective of using diplomacy and economic cooperation and integration to deal with traditionally complex regional structures of international relations. Students will examine the dynamics of the growing trend towards regionalism in a comparative perspective, analyzing regional groupings in Europe, East Asia, North America, Latin America, Asia and Africa. The course introduces the concept of regional cooperation and integration in the age of globalization, from the perspective of world economic geography, cultural interaction, and functional collaboration that leads to political cooperation.
  • LAW 660 – International Law The course provides a survey of public international law involving nation states. It also explains key aspects of private international law dealing with individuals and corporations. The history and structure of public international law, its methods of formation and how it interacts with systems of national law are described. In addition, the course will present an overview of the private law applied to international sales, licensing and investment. Case studies will be used to illustrate the legal concepts examined and to highlight contemporary questions.
Trimester 2 Credits
  • NEG 615 – International Negotiations Negotiation skills are among the most valuable and sought-after skills both in management and diplomacy. This course covers cross-disciplinary theoretical underpinnings and, through interactive methods and simulations, the practical aspects of skillful negotiation in a global environment.
  • POL 621 – Global Environmental Politics The graduate course aims to develop the skills required to engage with international environmental politics and policy. It will provide an in-depth understanding of the design and effectiveness of international environmental regimes. The course will take into account the larger political economic context of environmental policies.
  • POL 632 – Politics of the United Nations: Peace and Security This course on the Politics of the United Nations provide students with historical, theoretical and practical background to better understand the workings of the UN system. Students will develop an insight into the UN peace and security activities through analysis of case studies from various regions of the world.
  • POL 640 – Democracy and Globalization This course draws from comparative politics, international relations and political thought to analyze the past, present and future of democracy. It seeks to answer questions like: 'Is democracy in decline? What is the impact of globalization on the democratic national state?' This course will put into perpective current discussions about democracy by examining theories and history of the emergence and breakdown of democracies.
Trimester 3 Credits
  • MGT 645 – Corporate Governance Effective governance is of eminent importance for the sustainability of corporations as for the long-term success of nations. The course introduces different models of governance applied across the world and weighs their pro's and con's through a variety of case studies.
  • POL 630 – Foreign Policy and Diplomacy The focus of this course will be on the decisional dynamics underpinning foreign policy and diplomacy. This course provides both the theoretical framework and practical skills necessary to analyze international events using foreign policy concepts.
  • POL 650 – International Relations in the Middle East This course focuses on the regional politics of the Middle East and its interaction with the rest of the world. It will apply international relations theory to the study of the Middle East politics. The course aims to provide students with a contextual understanding of contemporary Middle East politics and research skills in comparative politics.
  • TRA 660 – International Trade Law and Policy The course covers trade related law and policy issues with respect to economic development, growth and regional cooperation. It addresses current challenges to the multilateral trading system, including the ongoing Doha round negotiations as well as the future of the WTO.
Trimester 4 Credits
  • POL 660 – Digital Diplomacy New digital technologies affect all aspects of social life, business life and also relations between states. After an introduction to the purpose and methods of diplomacy and in particular public diplomacy, the course examines how new digital tools are, or may be, used in diplomacy. This covers the internal functioning of a diplomatic service, and also the external action and work between states. Students will delve in the main international issues related to the digital change where cooperation or rule-shaping diplomatic processes exist, such as cybersecurity, cyber defence, internet rights and online freedom, data privacy, ICTs, information society, electronic commerce or copyrights.
  • POL 698 – Future Issues in International Relations (Capstone Course) International relations have changed since the end of the Cold War in 1989 and September 11, 2001. This course identifies the crucial political issues today on the national, regional and transnational levels. It examines current dynamics and assesses their possible future trends. Topics under consideration include security, the environment, the economy, migration, religion and the information society on a global scale.

Distinguished Speakers

Micheline Calmy-Rey

Former President of Switzerland, Graduation ceremony 2012

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco

Graduation ceremony 2008


Nationalities of Master Students
  • 1. Europe (62%)
  • 2. Asia (28%)
  • 3. America (7%)
  • 4. Africa (3%)


The faculty at IUG in Switzerland, is international in experience, practical in orientation and focused on their teaching. The faculty members are student-centered and committed to foster a stimulating learning environment.

Study in Switzerland

Geneva belongs to a select group of truly “international” cities of the world, making it an ideal place to study international management.

An International Network

The International University in Geneva has established a strong network, developing exchange programs with 23 universities worldwide.

Your Career with your MIR

MIR graduates engage in decision-making careers in: international organizations and diplomatic services; corporate business and financial sector; media, NGOs and civil society.

Career Services

The International University in Geneva provides for counselling to assist students in their career decisions. 

Admission Requirements

  • A completed application form (should include your Motivation letter)
  • Official Undergraduate Transcript (certified translation in English) (Minimum GPA recommended 2.7 or above on the scale of 0-4)
  • Official Undergraduate Diploma (certified translation in English)
  • Non-refundable application fee of CHF 150.- or € 140.- or USD 150.-
  • English proficiency test: either TOEFL (min score 80),  IELTS (min score 6.0) or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE). IUG institutional code number for the TOEFL is 0130;
  • Curriculum Vitae stating any relevant professional work experience;
  • Letter of reference from an employer or a professor;
  • Copy of valid passport;
  • Two passport size photos.

Candidates over 30 years would hardly get a student visa in Switzerland

The following additional requirements apply to MBA program candidates:

  • A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0
  • At least 2 years of work experience is recommended
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